Judge considers accused's statement in Chilliwack attempted murder trial

Chilliwack courthouse. - File
Chilliwack courthouse.
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A Chilliwack man’s attempted murder trial is delayed until August when the judge will decide whether or not the statement the accused made to police will be allowed as evidence.

Matthew Alderman is currently on trial for aggravated assault and attempted murder after the Jan. 14, 2013 incident in which he allegedly attacked his roommate, Deborah Halladay.

The 49-year-old Halladay testified on the first day of the trial that when she tried to evict Alderman, who she increasingly found to be “odd,” the 25-year-old man put his hands around her neck and strangled her.

“‘I want to kill you, why won’t your neck break?’” were Alderman’s words, according to Halladay’s testimony on June 19.

In court on June 26, the court heard arguments about whether Alderman’s statement to police should be allowed because the charge was raised to attempted murder and he was not re-read his Charter rights.

Crown counsel Paul Blessin argued that, at the least, Alderman’s statement should be included up to the point when he admitted to police that he wanted to kill Halladay.

Prior to that, Blessin said, none of the other legal reasons to exclude the statement apply.

“This was about as routine and straightforward a statement as we would expect to see,” Blessin said.

Defence lawyer Andrew Bonfield argued that at the moment Alderman told police he wanted to break Halladay’s neck, jeopardy changed and he should have been “rechartered.”

“Certainly a broken neck can lead to death,” Bonfield said. “He didn’t say ‘I want to kill her,’ but that is what he was saying.”

Judge Steven Point told the court he would render a decision on the statement on Aug. 15.

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